What to Expect
The content of the video consists of 2 parts. The first part early in the 1st minute is outside the Hanshin Koshien Stadium when the 96th Japanese high school baseball game was held on August 24th 2014. The second part is a Japanese professional baseball game that the Hanshin Tigers won 4 - 3 against DeNA even though they were behind in the bottom of the 9th inning on September 2, 2014.
Hanshin Koshien Stadium is the mecca of both high school baseball and professional baseball. The stadium was built in 1924 and named the Koshien stadium. It's the oldest baseball stadium in Japan and the third oldest baseball stadium in the world. It is said that the stadium was modeled after the Polo Grounds, the home of the New York Giants. When Babe Ruth visited Japan for the Japan-U.S. All-Star Series, hot dogs were sold for the first time in Japan. You can see a wide variety of items and photos including the a ball autographed by Babe Ruth at the Koshien Museum of history.
Koshien Stadium allows up to 47,541 spectators to enjoy the baseball games.
First, I would like to show you a Japanese high school baseball game.
As you know, Hideki Matsui who played outstandingly for the New York Yankees, Masahiro Tanaka who transferred to the New York Yankees in 2014, and Yu Darvish who plays for the Texas Rangers, were active players in the high school baseball games at the Koshien Stadium.
Two high school championship tournaments are held at the Koshien Stadium in Hyogo prefecture every year, one in the spring and one in the summer. High school baseball is very popular as well as professional baseball. Since the entire game is played in a tournament style, in order to win the championship, the teams can't afford to lose even one game. The games enjoy wide coverage by the media and attract special attention throughout the nation.
Next, I would like to show you a Japanese professional baseball game. Koshien Stadium is the home of the Hanshin Tigers, one of the most popular baseball teams. Japanese professional baseball is divided into 2 leagues, the Central league and the Pacific league, and each league has 6 teams. These six teams compete from April to October （each team playing about 130 games） in a round-robin competition to determine the winning team. The winner from each league plays in the seven-game Japan Series in October, same as Major League Baseball.
By the way have you ever heard of Cecil Grant Fielder ? Actually he belonged to the Hanshin Tigers in 1989. After he played for a year in Japan, he transferred to the Detroit Tigers and became the home run king two years in a row from 1990.
When you cheer for the Hanshin Tigers, there are some rules. Supporters blow up and fly balloons along with music at the bottom of the seventh inning. Furthermore, if the Hanshin Tigers wins the game, supporters give three rousing cheers.
Why don't we enjoy a Japanese baseball game?
※High school baseball games are held in April and August and Japanese professional baseball games are held from April to September. Of course baseball games are not played at the Koshien Stadium everyday. It is also possible to see a game by a team called Orix at Kyocera Dome in Osaka. If you want to see a Japanese baseball game, please contact me !!